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The Crowded GreenhousePopulation, Climate Change, and Creating a Sustainable World$
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John Firor and Judith Jacobsen

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300093209

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300093209.001.0001

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Afterword: Dancing in the Crowded Greenhouse

Afterword: Dancing in the Crowded Greenhouse

(p.203) Afterword: Dancing in the Crowded Greenhouse
The Crowded Greenhouse

John Firor

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This chapter, which examines the personal and psychological dimensions of activism on issues as enormous as population and climate change, argues for continuing to try for success, even in the face of strong negative odds; and urges readers to find joy, even where there is little hope. It discusses women's issues and reveals that today, women in fifty-one countries with 44 percent of the world's population have fewer than two children in their lifetimes, long thought to be the “lowest” that fertility would go. This reduction has come about in part because of a revolution in the use of modern contraceptives; more than half of the world's women use them, whereas thirty years ago, only a small percentage did. The chapter discusses that population growth rates are zero or negative in nearly twenty countries, affecting just under 10 percent of the world's population.

Keywords:   activism, fertility, population growth, Montreal Protocol, population stabilization

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